This article looks at the Passover meal, its origins recorded in Exodus 12 and its link to the temple at Jerusalem. It also looks at the Seder of early Judaism and the Eucharist of early Christianity.
God does not want us to be timid. He does not want us to hide from his presence. He wants us to come to him openly and honestly, assured of our salvation and confident of our relationship with him.
What does “she will be saved through childbearing” in 1 Timothy 2:15 mean? Is being a faithful follower of Jesus not enough? What does Jesus say about this?
Ever heard of Sera, Aksah or Sheerah? Here’s a little something about these three influential Bible women.
I read this candid comment today from Samira, a single Christian woman, and I want to share it. She says a lot here, in very few words, about some of her struggles and hopes.
In this article I look at Paul’s instruction in Titus 2:4-5 about the young Christian wives at Crete, and determine what the timeless principles are.
In this post I share some Bible verses and thought about God’s kingdom in the here and now and future, and I briefly state the Jewish understanding of the Kingdom of Heaven.
This article looks at the Septuagint, the ancient Greek translation of the Hebrew Scriptures, and gives possible answers as to when, where and why it was produced, and by whom.
Mary and Martha of Bethany are well-known Bible figures. The two sisters seem to have had different temperaments, and their characters are often polarized in the retelling of their story in the gospels. What is the background of these women, their faith, their situation?
Before its destruction in 70 CE, the Jews in the Diaspora maintained ties with the temple in Jerusalem by sending gifts, tithes, and taxes. This article discusses this practice.
“The scriptures … offer an impressive number of examples of women exercising social or political authority without raising any questions as to the propriety of that authority.” ~ Gordon Hugenberger
In this post, I list approximately forty Bible women who were queens, leaders, teachers, and prophets, as well as ministry associates of the Apostle Paul.
This five part series takes a close look at 1 Timothy 2:12, at what it does and doesn’t say, as well as providing some cultural background.
Part 1 look at some of the pitfalls of using 1 Timothy 2:12 as the proof text on the issue of whether women can be leaders and teachers in the church.
This article takes a quick look at the goddess Artemis and her magnificent temple in ancient Ephesus. Artemis had a huge influence on the Ephesians!
What was Paul’s primary purpose for writing his first letter to Timothy?
What was the problem in the Ephesian Church?
In Part 4 we begin looking at 1 Timothy 2:11-15, verse by verse, phrase by phrase.
Why are Adam and Eve mentioned immediately after Paul’s prohibition in 1 Timothy 2:12? What does Paul mean by salvation and childbirth in 1 Timothy 2:15?
An obsession with gender is polarizing the sexes and dividing the Church. Some Christian ministers and ministries seem determined to emphasize gender differences. Adam, however, marvelled at the similarities between man and woman.
Mary Magdalene and some other women knew a large stone had been rolled in front of the entrance to the tomb where Jesus’ body had been laid. They went to the tomb anyway. [300 words]
In this message for Resurrection Sunday 2013, I look at Paul’s statements of equality and unity in ministry from 1 Corinthians chapter 12, including his instruction to give greater honour to those lacking it.
Here are links to several articles that look at arguments related to the idea of a male-only priesthood, arguments that keep women ministers out of church leadership.
According to the late Dr David M. Scholer, a former New Testament professor at Fuller, here are the top ten reasons men should not be ordained as ministers.